Dominica’s ‘Ti Domnik Tales’ at Four: A New Chapter Unfolds

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Gwendominica has really enjoyed walking the security dogs at Carib Sand & Stone near Pointe Michel. She is pictured here with (Fortune) 42. Photo taken by Charleston Charles, C.S.S.

Readers of Ti Domnik Tales might be curious to know that while I have been quiet in terms of the blog , I have been very active in a different way: preparing to relocate to Canada.  I did mention this in my last adventure, which was a fun-filled day touring around Soufriere Dominica.

While I pack up, distribute and organize this international move, I have had plentiful opportunities to reflect on my 19 incredible and unforgettable years of living full-time on the Nature Island.  Some of those wonderful experiences here have been included in this blog, which has just passed four years of existence.  Never fear, for there is

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It would be very difficult to stay away from the natural beauty found at Papillote Wilderness Retreat near Trafalgar.

much more to come. I am leaving half of my heart in Dominica, with the complete expectation to come back for more of this beautiful tropical island once winter sets in ‘up north’.

In fact, as I write this piece, there are several stories in the queue, so do stay tuned, as the adventures on Dominica are far from over! I do plan to continue to contribute my musings and stories whether on-island or elsewhere! As the  170 posts on the site approach 100,000 visits, I have no inclination to disappoint interested readers.  Besides, the capacity to write about this tiny Caribbean paradise is virtually endless, in my opinion.

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To think I’ve hiked up Morne Anglais, one of Dominica’s highest peaks three times over the years!  The 360 degree views on a clear day are, well, breathtaking! (as seen from Morne Bruce, above Roseau)

As well, the compilation of an eBook format of Ti Domnik Tales is in the formative stages.  I have been fortunate and delighted to discuss my ideas with an established Canadian editor, Rachel Small and popular Canadian-Caribbean author, publisher and friend Susan Toy.  I hope to move forward with this concept in time to come, hopefully sooner than later!

In the mean time, additional posts are pending as plans fall into place and new adventures await!  I also hope to resume contacts with the very active Commonwealth of Dominica Ontario Association in Toronto and the Rotary Club of Ottawa South when I return to my ‘home and native land’.  Those two Canadian organizations (among others)  helped to raise funds and supplies for Dominica immediately following the devastating Tropical Storm Erika in August 2015.  They certainly have the Nature Island’s best interests at heart, and “I in it!” which is an enthusiastic expression on Dominica.

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I’ve spent thousands of hours in Roseau, Dominica’s charming capital. It’s a fascinating and historic Caribbean city. (as seen from Morne Bruce)

DSCF6190At the end of the day (and this post) I daresay that “the joy of life is the trip.” I have been so fortunate to include a very long stay on Dominica as part of my journey, and I expect to return to again and again!

 

 

 

 

Ti Domnik Tales Turns Three! The Adventures Continue on the Beautiful Nature Island

Gwendominica is delighted to celebrate the third birthday of Ti Domnik Tales in March 2015!

Gwendominica is delighted to celebrate the third anniversary of Ti Domnik Tales in March 2015!

Ti Domnik Tales, my personal blog about adventures, experiences and personalities on Dominica has just turned

This map of Dominica, located in the dining room of Papillote Wilderness Retreat was crafted by a local artisan.

This map of Dominica in the dining room of Papillote Wilderness Retreat was crafted by a local artisan.

three!

I wish to express profound thanks to my extended family, 99 Followers, 116 Facebook friends, growing Twitter tweeters, those who have ‘liked’ and ‘shared’ me and  all other supportive readers over the past 36 months.  Your interest and encouragement definitely keep me inspired to describe various aspects of my life as a Canadian expatriate who has resided for 18 years (this month!) on the Nature Island.

While this blog has a very specific niche in a very small country, I am delighted to report that there have been over 60,000 visits to the 135 posts on this site. This figure does include several re-blogged pieces  from Canary Gal about my  wonderful trip to Canada in the summer of 2014 and an incredible visit to Paris in December 2014/January 2015 from my home base on the Nature Island. However, the majority of musings (about 120) are dedicated to Dominica!

For your interest, here are the top 15 posts in the first three months of 2015 ( click on the title to get to the piece):

1. Dominica’s Carnival 2015 Opening Parade: A Spectacular, Sinister, Sensational Masquerade*
2. Dominica`s Floral Splendour: The Giraudel-Eggleston Flower Show 2013
3. ‘Paradise Found’ in Dominica’s Papillote Tropical Gardens*
4. Scenes from a (Tropical!) Winter Wonderland: Dominica’s Carnival 2015 Season*
5. Recognizing Acts of Kindness at Christmas-time on Dominica, the Nature Island
6. Dominica’s Carnival Celebrations: Original, Traditional, Fun!
7. A Walk Around Freshwater Lake in Dominica’s Morne Trois Pitons National Park
8. A Warm Welcome in Wotten Waven, Dominica’s ‘Natural Spa’ Village
9. Learning about Indigenous Kalinago Culture and History in Dominica
10. Strangers in Paradise: A Canadian Family Spends an Unforgettable Day in Dominica!*
11. Springfield Dominica: My Favourite Place on the Nature Isle*
12. The Voice of Ti Domnik Tales (Page about me, Gwendominica)
13. The Marvellous Tastes, Sights and Sounds of Creole Day 2014 around Roseau Dominica
14. Celebrating Creole Day in Dominica
15. A Canadian Canary Visits Paris: A New Year Adventure in the City of Light

And for those who are curious, the TOP THREE POSTS of the past three years are:

Papilotte Wilderness Retreat is a piece of paradise nestled near the village of Trafalgar in the Roseau Valley.

Papillote Wilderness Retreat is an intimate hotel set in tropical  gardens with natural hot and cold pools. It’s nestled above the village of Trafalgar in the Roseau Valley.

1. The Voice of Ti Domnik Tales (Page about me, Gwendominica)

2. Spending a Spa Day at Dominica’s Papillote Wilderness Retreat

Morne Watt, in Morne Trois Pitons National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) can be seen from the heights of Wotten Waven, a very friendly village in the Roseau Valley with plentiful natural spas!

Morne Watt, in Morne Trois Pitons National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) can be seen from the heights of Wotten Waven, a very friendly village in the Roseau Valley that offers plentiful sulphur spas and access to the Waitukubuli National Trail!

3.A Warm Welcome in Wotten Waven, Dominica’s ‘Natural Spa’ Village

Watch for more pieces about Dominica’s  Roseau Valley, as the popularity of this area is confirmed by numbers two and three!

Thanks for reading Ti Domnik Tales!  Sincerely, Gwendominica

Thanks for reading Ti Domnik Tales! Sincerely, Gwendominica

And look for other tales about my life on Dominica in due course.  The possibility of an e-book may become a reality too!

Thanks for reading Ti Domnik Tales!!!

 

Ti Domnik Tales 2013 in review

Happy New Year everyone!  I wish to thank my family, friends, followers and people who ‘like’ me for their ongoing support.  It was an incredible year for the Ti Domnik Tales blog and I am delighted that the current 86 posts received about 19,000 visits.  I extend special gratitude to Liz, who often comments on the posts . I  always enjoy replying to her positive contributions.  And to others who have commented, I am extremely grateful.  To Miss Dominica 2013, Leslassa Armour-Shillingford, thank you for sharing the post that I wrote about you.  It certainly generated tremendous interest at year-end.  Also, congratulations to my neighbour, Antony Agar, whose biographical post received the most visits over the year.

Stay tuned for more of my musings on Ti Domnik Tales in 2014.  I am now 14 posts shy of the 100 mark – which has always been my goal.

All the best in 2014!

Gwendominica

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 19,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.